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Key educational benchmarks
Community Massachusetts
% of third graders who meet or exceed expectations in reading (next-generation MCAS, 2017)
%
47%
% of students graduating high school within four years
%
87.5%
Early education and care
   
% of children under age 6 with all parents in the labor force
%
70.4%
# of preschool-aged (3-5 yrs) children
#
224,901
% of 3- and 4-year-old children enrolled in an early education program (estimate only)
%
59.2%
# of public school preschool programs
#
505
# of licensed center-based programs
#
2,137
# of licensed family child care providers
#
6,228
K-12 education1
   
# of students enrolled in public school
#
953,748
% of public school students identified as economically disadvantaged
%
30.2%
% of public school students whose first language is not English
%
20.1%
% of public school students receiving special education services
%
17.4%
% of public school kindergarten students attending full-day kindergarten
%
94.7%
 
Child population Birth-5 6-18
  Community Massachusetts Community Massachusetts
# of children
#
442,592
#
1,074,498
% of children living below poverty2
%
17.0%
%
14.3%
% who are Black or African American
%
7.4%
%
7.3%
% who are Asian
%
6.3%
%
5.2%
% who are Hispanic or Latino
%
16.9%
%
13.9%
% who are White
%
63.1%
%
69.1%
% of children who are another race, or two or more races3
%
6.2%
%
4.4%
1 Community data excludes charter and vocational schools. Economically disadvantaged is calculated based on a student's participation in one or more of the following state-administered programs: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); the Transitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC); the Department of Children and Families' (DCF) foster care program; and MassHealth (Medicaid).
2 Includes children birth to 17. The 2015 federal poverty guideline for a family of four is $24,250 per year.
3 Includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.
Sources: Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, US Census 2010, ACS 11-15.
 
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